Inscribed in ink 80; in red ink 120
Signed and dated
- Undated, probably 1756 or 1757.
Medium and dimensions
Pencil, pen, grey and brown washes272 x 206, all 4 corners trimmed diagonally
Charles-Louis Clérisseau (attributed to)
Unfinished capriccio in pencil of a circular pilastered building with flanking colonnade.
A similar circular colonnade with sarcophagus appears in Adam vol.56/89 in a different composition. The inspiration for both drawings could have been the Temple of Vesta (Sybil) at Tivoli, which both Charles-Louis Clérisseau and Robert Adam - and many others - frequently drew (see Adam vol.57/159, and Clerk Collection, Scotland, Clerk 192). The pyramid may be based on that of Cestius in Rome and appears in other drawings in this volume, for examle 56/69. This drawing is either unfinished or has been altered, having one or more figures roughed out in pencil on a pedestal to the left of the building.There is a copy of this drawing by C J Richardson (1806-1871) in the Victoria & Albert Museum, London (P&D 93.G.8/37).
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